By Seth Conway
The last ball kicked in anger by Plymouth Argyle came underneath the Wembley arch in May. Defeat in the League Two play off final to AFC Wimbledon was a huge disappointment for the Pilgrims and their 35,000 fans. It was a sentiment shared by the manager Derek Adams who admitted this week that to have got that squad of players so close to promotion was the best of bonuses.
To try to gain promotion Adams has shaken things up at Home Park; players have gone including one time star striker Reuben Reid while there have been plenty of signings and a new forward line for the Pilgrims with former Cambridge Utd striker Jimmy Spencer and David Goodwillie, moving from Ross County, most likely to start up front against Luton Town on Saturday. Goodwillie is a former Scottish international whose CV includes scoring against then world champions Spain in qualifying for Euro 2012.
Argyle have more depth in the squad compared to last season when they topped the league for 90 days in total, that's more time than they spent in any other league position before finishing fifth, so promotion is a realistic ambition this season. The club has a ground and level of support worthy of a much higher level than League Two.
And the club have huge appreciation for the job their popular Scottish manager has done in his short time at Home Park by rewarding him with a four year contract extension this week.
Could Plymouth Argyle realistically be League Two champions in May? At an amazing 16-1 with a bookmaker today it could be a bet worth placing.